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Osbourne Bodden appointed chairman of HSA board

Former health minister Osbourne Bodden has been appointed chairman of the Health Services Authority board.

Osbourne Bodden addresses 2014 outburst, hits out at Health Minister’s ‘failings’

Candidate for Bodden Town East Osbourne Bodden joins Crosstalk host Barrie Quappe to discuss the issues he is campaigning for in his district.

Head-to-head race confirmed for Bodden Town East

Though they are scheduled to face off in the 2021 election, Osbourne 'Ossie' Bodden and Dwayne 'John John' Seymour embraced as they crossed paths during Nomination Day on Monday afternoon.

Panton, Bodden ditch Progressives

Former PPM ministers Wayne Panton and Osbourne Bodden have resigned from the People’s Progressive Party.

Letter: Would a bridge over North Sound ease traffic woes?

Well, at the risk of being laughed at, scoffed at, ridiculed by many and condemned by the environmentalists among us, has anyone spared a thought to bridge the North Sound?

Plan to clamp down on numbers game shelved

Government has shelved plans to increase penalties for illegal gambling amid calls for a review of the prohibition of gambling in the Cayman Islands.

Letter: Legalize numbers games

All progressive countries in the world have national lotteries, or some form of chance to improve one’s lot in life through scratch cards or buying numbers.

Letter: Solving traffic gridlock

This is not about politics or any one group of people, this is about our island home and the comfort we all should live in.

Bodden Town boxing gym plan shelved

Plans for a Bodden Town boxing gym, announced amid significant publicity during the visit of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao last year, have been quietly shelved.

EDITORIAL – One Man, One Vote: Lessons learned from the election

Instead of making Cayman’s districts smaller, more numerous and more inward-facing, officials should have done the opposite: Make the entirety of the Cayman Islands one single district, and allow residents to vote on the same slate of candidates.

Upset losses oust three sitting ministers

An eventful Election Day in Cayman yielded three surprising losses for reigning incumbents and ministers in the former administration.
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Criminal damage complaint made after motorcade

Police are investigating a complaint of criminal damage in connection with a vehicle that was scratched as the Progressives motorcade was intercepted Saturday by supporters of independent candidate Dwayne “John John” Seymour.

Arrest made in cop car vandalism ‘attack’ after EE wreck

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service arrested a suspect Friday in connection with what it termed a “criminal attack” against one of its officers’ personal property following last week’s quadruple-fatal, two-car smash in East End district.

Child Month events set for May

The month of May is being used as an occasion to encourage people to rededicate their lives to the care of children.

Tourism and future of development at issue in national debate

Tourism and the future of development in the Cayman Islands became a major focus of discussion on Tuesday night, when five candidates took the stage in the second national debate leading up to the May 24 elections.

Nell Connor, Queen of Breakers, dies at 96

“Miss Nell was an icon and institution of Breakers and Cayman,” said Minister Osbourne Bodden, MLA for Bodden Town.

Cayman athletes win 47 swim, 6 track medals

Cayman’s Carifta athletes celebrated a double success this week, capturing an impressive number of medals in Curacao and the Bahamas and winning the bid to host the 2019 Carifta Games.

Bodden Town East candidates discuss array of issues

Permanent residence applications, an emergency response center, education and gay rights were some of the topics facing Bodden Town East candidates at a candidates forum arranged by the Chamber of Commerce last Wednesday.

Record-setting Nomination Day: 63 hopefuls compete for 19 seats

A record 63 candidates will contest the Cayman Islands general election on May 24 after a frantic day of nominations across the country generated some surprises.

AS IT HAPPENED: This is how nomination day played out

Returning officers will hear candidate nominations between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. today. Cayman Compass reporters will submit updates on location from the country's 19 nominating locations as they develop. — Ed.

Author encourages women to embrace their differences

New York Times best-selling author Jeannette Walls brought a message of resilience and hope to Grand Cayman during Friday’s third annual “Power of the Purse” fundraiser. Ms. Walls appealed to the common humanity of the audience, encouraging women to embrace their stories.

Legislators consider older persons policy

An older persons policy before the Legislative Assembly outlines a vision for legal protections and community infrastructure that would support Cayman Islands residents over age 65.

Barbadians donate new bed to Cayman seniors home

East End seniors got a welcome boost earlier this month thanks to the donation of a specialized bed. A medical bed was donated to Sunrise Cottage, East End’s residential home for seniors, on Feb. 11 by Barbadians in the Cayman Islands, represented by Honorary Consul Juliette Gooding-Michelin.

Foster parenting draws interest on the Brac

Several potential foster parents from the Brac had the opportunity to meet with government officials last week to learn more about how they can help vulnerable young children.

Retiring Brac carers feted at luncheon

Two long-serving elder care workers were celebrated by colleagues, management and a ministerial delegation from Grand Cayman at a retirement luncheon at the Cayman Brac Beach Resort on Feb. 9.

Journalist, youth worker become CARICOM ambassadors

Radio Cayman journalist Andrel Harris and youth worker Camille Angel have been chosen to represent their country as part of the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Program. The program aims to put youth issues on the agenda of regional policymakers and help young people become more involved in regional politics.

Private sector helps government fund poor relief

About $300,000 cut from the government’s school lunches and uniforms budget is being made up through the efforts of private sector and volunteer organizations, according to the Cayman Islands Ministry of Community Affairs.

Bodden, Osbourne

Osbourne Bodden is a Progressives candidate for Bodden Town East.

Neighbors concerned over youth detention plan

Government officials will meet with neighbors of the Bonaventure Boys Home in West Bay this month in an effort to allay concerns about a new youth detention facility planned for the site. A secure facility with space for up to a dozen young offenders is planned at a cost of around $2.5 million.

New plan under way for youth detention center

A new secure facility for young offenders is planned on the site of the Bonaventure Boys Home in West Bay at an estimated cost of around $2.5 million. The proposal aims to bring Cayman’s prison system into compliance with human rights legislation, which requires youth to be housed separately from adults.

Boxing ticket giveaway: Bodden punches back

These days I try not to get rattled in this political life so easily and bark at every passing dog, but I must say the Jan. 10 Compass article cannot be allowed to go [without] some challenge and clarification.

Opposition MLAs question boxing ticket giveaway

Complimentary tickets for Saturday’s Island Rumble – attended by Philippines boxing legend Manny Pacquiao – were being handed out Friday at the Progressives Bodden Town MLA office, according to text messages sent around last week.

Champ helps break ground on Bodden Town boxing gym

World-famous fighter Manny Pacquiao helped break ground on a proposed new boxing facility in Bodden Town on Saturday morning. The Philippines senator and boxing legend said he hoped the gym would help nurture a future champion from the Cayman Islands.

Coe Wood Beach kiosks torn down

Four kiosks on Bodden Town’s Coe Wood Beach have been torn down after being padlocked and unused for four years. Bodden Town MLA Osbourne Bodden said the huts were “rushed, and ended up being poorly designed and unusable.”

EDITORIAL — Year in review

Today we are featuring excerpts from some of the most interesting, compelling and entertaining editorials that have appeared in the Cayman Compass in 2016, on some of the most important issues facing our country.

Minister offers condolences for plane crash victims

Cayman’s Minister for Community Affairs, Sports and Youth Osbourne Bodden released a condolence message Thursday in the wake of the plane crash that claimed the lives of Brazil’s Chapecoense football team players and many others.

Government considers taking over running of children’s homes

A strategic assessment for the Children and Youth Services Foundation says that the organization that runs children’s homes in Cayman could be integrated into government. The assessment, released Friday, looks at several strategies to save money and provide better support for and oversight of the organization.

Government floats new child abuse reporting policy

Government is working on a draft policy for reporting child abuse, required as part of the 2012 Children Law. Minister for Community Affairs Osbourne Bodden and his staff presented the draft to representatives from 11 sports clubs this month to get feedback.

Fewer sign up this year for Christmas cleanup work

More than 300 people turned up at the Lions Community Centre on Wednesday looking for Christmas work under a government-sponsored program. Last year, more than 700 people signed up for temporary work under the National Community Enhancement Project.

Boxing legend Pacquiao coming to Cayman

Manny Pacquiao, the boxing legend, politician and most famous man in the Philippines, is coming to the Cayman Islands in January to host the Island Rumble boxing event.

EDITORIAL – Minister Bodden: Focusing attention on our elderly

Minister Osbourne Bodden has done well to pick up the mantle on behalf of Cayman’s seniors. Whoever becomes his successors in future governments, it behooves them to carry on this noble cause. What is at stake is nothing less than Cayman’s dignity – and its legacy.

Guidelines aim to help protect elderly

New policy guidelines unveiled this week aim to put more resources into helping the islands’ older residents and give specific protections to stop the neglect, fraud and abuse that some in government say is committed regularly against elderly people.

Government approves ‘Older Persons’ Policy’

Cabinet this week approved an “Older Persons’ Policy” that will span the next 20 years, according to the Ministry for Community Affairs.
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Anti-doping conference to be held in Cayman

The Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization will hold its annual board meeting on Grand Cayman starting on Sunday at the Westin resort. The two-day conference is expected to review the World Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation into and derailment of Russia’s state-sponsored athletics doping before the 2016 Olympic games, among other issues.

Same-sex marriage: In their own words

Lawmakers spent most of the day Oct. 6 debating whether the Cayman Islands should hold a public referendum on allowing same-sex marriage in the territory. The referendum motion failed by a 9-to-8 party line vote. Below are excerpts from the debate from each legislator who spoke in the debate.

Minister urges public to fight ‘ageism’

A draft government policy to address the needs of the elderly will be finalized by the end of October, Minister for Community Affairs Osbourne Bodden said in a message to mark the International Day of Older Persons, Oct. 1.

New housing found for fire victims

A family who lost their George Town home in a suspected arson attack last week have been temporarily relocated to government housing in West Bay.

Minister: Sports groups must report suspected child abuse

It is incumbent on sports associations to report suspected child abuse, Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden said during a meeting of the Legislative Assembly’s Finance Committee on Wednesday.

Old boys turn on the style in football fundraiser

Bad backs and creaking joints did not stop some of Cayman’s soccer legends from dusting off their boots to raise money for recovering addicts Monday night.

Athletes amped up for Cayman Invitational

The world will be watching the Cayman Islands Saturday as the fastest man in history, Usain Bolt, runs the first race ahead of what he’s said will be his final Olympics in August.

Minister: Hundreds on assistance waiting list

About 340 applications seeking permanent financial assistance are pending assessment by the government’s needs assessment unit, Community Affairs Minister Osbourne Bodden said Wednesday.

Work begins on new recreation track in Bodden Town

A new four-lane track is now under construction at the Bodden Town Primary School.

Seniors treated to lunch at Pedro Castle

Cayman seniors enjoyed a lunch hosted by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Department of Children and Family Services at Pedro Castle on Monday. The celebrations included food, music and fellowship.

Lorna’s Rubis becomes first free ‘electric car service’ in Cayman

Lorna’s Rubis station in Bodden Town has become the first gas station in the Cayman Islands to provide free “electric car service” to customers.

Cayman swimmers head to Carifta

As 22 swimmers from Cayman prepared to leave for the 2016 Carifta Games in Martinique last week, Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden met with them to offer words of encouragement.

Before and after: Breakers cleanup

The old seaside path that has been a tranquil spot for residents to walk their dogs or observe wildlife had recently become a dumping ground.

New Proud of Them recipients chosen

Twelve people have been chosen in this year’s Proud of Them initiative to be featured on roadside billboards around Grand Cayman.

Details of ministers’ meeting with CarePay witness revealed

Former Health Services Authority Chief Information Officer Dale Sanders said Tuesday that he did not accept any reward or contract from Cayman Islands government ministers as a result of a private meeting in Washington, D.C., in 2013.

Long-term service recognized

Long-serving Cayman Brac staff of the Department of Children and Family Services received a special thank you recently.

Youth Day at GT Primary

Celebrate our Youth Day, held at the George Town Annex Playing Field on Saturday, Jan. 30, was an opportunity for Cayman’s young people to get to know the business community and other organizations.

Top stories of 2015: CarePay contract trial gets under way

Cayman ended 2015 with a major corruption trial involving healthcare contracts and allegations against some prominent Caymanian businesspeople.

Top stories of 2015: FIFA scandal puts Cayman in spotlight

A dawn raid at a luxurious Swiss hotel in May led to the crumbling of a soccer empire and thrust the Cayman Islands into the world spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports gives back to community

Staff of the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports paid Christmas visits to residents of the Family Resource Centre, Pines Retirement, Golden Age and Bonaventure Boys Home.

CIFA to launch GOAL project inquiry

The Cayman Islands Football Association has said it will appoint an independent committee to examine spending on its multimillion-dollar Centre of Excellence.

CarePay trial: Defense: Witnesses brought to police interview by gov't minister

What was described as a surprise police interview conducted with three civil servants during the CarePay contract investigation last year was arranged by a Cayman Islands government minister, defense attorneys suggested during testimony Friday.

CarePay trial: Contract was 'highway robbery,' witness says

Fees that were expected to generate more than US$2 million a year for a Jamaican company providing services to the Cayman Islands public hospital system under the CarePay contract were called “highway robbery” by a Crown witness who testified Thursday in an ongoing criminal trial.

Webb fired from Cayman football association

Jeffrey Webb has been officially terminated as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association after pleading guilty to involvement in racketeering and bribery schemes at world football’s governing body, FIFA. CIFA’s executive committee said it would hold elections for the role “at its first congress in 2016,” though it has not set a date for the meeting.

700 hired for seasonal work program

Seven hundred Caymanians have been selected to take part in the government’s Christmas work program.

Cayman gives thanks at Agriculture Grounds

Locals and tourists enjoy a bit of Cayman-style Thanksgiving over the weekend.

Fallout from Webb guilty plea continues

Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden calls for an independent inquiry into Cayman football’s governing body in the wake of allegations that Jeffrey Webb embezzled funds intended for youth soccer programs.

Teenager dies on boys home outing

A 14-year-old boy who died in an accident off a South Sound beach on Sunday was on a group activity organized by the Bonaventure Boys Home at the time.

Shake-up for seamen's benefits

Benefits payments to veteran sailors or their widows are facing new scrutiny as part of a shake-up of the system.

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